Continuing on our theme of articulating value, I wanted to share this article from EducationNext which reports upon a first of its kind study of how field trips to art museums affect students. Educational Value of Field Trips was originally posted on September 16, 2013 on EducationNext website http://educationnext.org/the-educational-value-of-field-trips.
Over the past decade, perhaps even a bit longer, many museums have noted a sharp decline in school visits. Much discussion has focused upon assessing the cause/s for the decline and on creating opportunities to supersede those challenges by either taking museum programming to schools in person or electronically or creating afterschool programs to serve school-aged children. The EducationNext article places the focus upon the impact of cutting field trips or switching from "enriching" to "reward" field trips by measuring what students learn from school trips to an art museum. The study supports that students learn a great deal - "In particular, enriching field trips contribute to the development of students into civilized young men and women who possess more knowledge about art, have stronger critical-thinking skills, exhibit increased historical empathy, display higher levels of tolerance, and have a greater taste for consuming art and culture."